Hello there, my name is Ashley. Yes, I’m aware it’s one of the most boring names in history. Don’t remind me.
I am currently a 23-year-old single mother, and for the past 6 years, my life has centered around my son, my family, and striving for “The American Dream.” It’s been 6 years full of work. Jobs just to make money (not very great money)deciding early on that higher education wasn’t going to be possible, and surviving life, because that’s what is expected of me. Well, I’ve decided that I’m tired of chasing that elusive and glamorized dream.
So, after a break up and realizing I’m going to have to lose some independence, I’ve decided to go back to school, which will entail moving back in with my parents. (Oh geez). Mind you, it’s been 5 years since I’ve stepped foot in a classroom not full of 6-year-olds. But I’ve finally decided that I’m going to chase a life in Archaeology. I’ve decided that business and the corporate world and being stuck in an office just isn’t for me. And yes, I’m pretty freaking terrified that my own dream will come crashing down around me, but I’ve decided that it’s finally time to start living instead of just surviving.
So here I am, awaiting an acceptance letter from Indiana University of South Bend. Hoping and praying and crossing all of my fingers that I can get into this college. Not only because it’s a great college, but because it’s close enough to my parents’ home that I won’t have to live on campus. A mere 40 minute drive is completely worth saving the money in housing. (I’m being practical while looking as if I’m losing my mind at the same time). So here I go. I’m jumping off the edge of this cushy office life and diving for something more. Hopefully starting in January I’ll be doing homework alongside my son. (How weird does that sound?) I’ll keep you updated, if you’re interested anyway.
“Create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” – Seth Godin